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Harry Potter

I reread the Harry Potter books trying to find quotes on insects and spiders, but found some other goodies which are also included in the following selection of quotes.



” … perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


” … there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.”

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


” … you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”

Hermione
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“… Spiders flee before it! It all fits!”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


“… It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Love, which did not prevent me stamping out your Mudblood mother like a cockroach, Potter – and nobody seems to love you enough to run forwards this time, and take my curse.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“But you don’t give a rat’s fart, do you, it’s only the Forbidden Forest, Harry I’ve-Faced-Worse Potter doesn’t care what happens to her in here – well, I do, all right, giant spiders and mental stuff -“

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.”

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“Engorgio.”
The spider gave a little shiver, bouncing slightly in the web. Harry tried again. This time the spider grew slightly larger.
“Stop that,” said Ron sharply. “I’m sorry I said Dumbledore was young, okay?”
Harry had forgotten Ron’s hatred of spiders.
“Sorry – Reducio.”
The spider did not shrink. …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“Merry Christmas to you, too,” said Hermione, throwing him his present. “I’ve been up for nearly an hour, adding more lacewings to the potion. It’s ready.”

Hermione
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


“This is the most complicated potion I’ve ever seen.” said Hermione, as they scanned the recipe. “Lacewing flies, leeches, fluxweed and knotgrass,” she murmured, running her fingers down the list of ingredients.

Hermione
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


“What’s up? If it’s massive spiders again, I want breakfast before I -“

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“You read too much, Hermione,” said Ron, pouring dead lacewings on top of the leeches. He crumpled up the empty lacewing bag and looked round at Harry.

Ron
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"An' there's no point tryin' ter steal any, Goyle," he added, his beetle-black eyes narrowed.

Hagrid
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


"Bugging," said Hermione happily.

"But you said they didn't work —"

"Oh not electronic bugs," said Hermione.

"No, you see … Rita Skeeter" – Hermione's voice trembled with quiet triumph – "is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn -"
Hermione pulled a small sealed glass jar out of her bag.

"- into a beetle."

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


"Completely lousy," said Ron in a hollow voice, sinking into a chair beside Hermione. She looked up at Ron and her frostiness seemed to melt.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"Course," said Ron abruptly, as they strode across the black grass, "we might get to the Forest and find there's nothing to follow. Those spiders might not've been going there at all."

Ron
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"Don't be stupid," Hermione snapped, starting to pound up her beetles again.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


"Follow the spiders," said Ron, wiping his mouth on his sleeve. "I'll never forgive Hagrid. We're lucky to be alive."

Ron
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"Had a good summer so far?"
"No, it's been lousy," said Harry.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"Hagrid's in trouble," said Harry, breathing very fast. "That's why we've come."
    "In trouble?" said the aged spider, and Harry thought he heard concern beneath the clicking pincers.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"I am here on Dumbledore's orders," said Snape, whose voice, by contrast, was becoming more and more quietly waspish, "but by all means stay, Black, I know you like to feel … involved."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"I'm rubbish," croaked Ron. "I'm lousy. I can't play to save my life. What was I thinking?"

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"It’s not my own neck I’m saving," said Harry tersely, tugging the trunk over a patch of particularly uneven, moth-eaten carpet right in front of the door.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"Maybe she had you bugged," said Harry. "Bugged?" said Ron blankly. "What put fleas on her or something?"

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


"Oh no," said Umbridge, smiling so widely that she looked as though she had just swallowed a particularly juicy fly. "Oh no, no, no."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"Ron, we're supposed to show the first years where to go!"

"Oh yeah," said Ron, who had obviously forgotten. "Hey – hey you lot! Midgets!"

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"That was quite good,” Harry lied, but when she raised her eyebrows he said, "Well, no, it was lousy, but I know you can do it properly, I was watching from over there. …"

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"That's it, isn't it, boy? You're on the run from the law!"

"Of course I'm not," said Harry, shaking his head as though to scare off a fly, his mind racing now.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"The thing that lives in the castle," said Aragog, "is an ancient creature we spiders fear above all others. …"

Aragog
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"There's something funny, though," said Hermione ten minutes later, holding her pestle suspended over a bowl of scarab beetles.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


"Total control," said Moody quietly as the spider balled itself up and began to roll over and over.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


"Well now," she said finally, setting down her quill and looking like a toad about to swallow a particularly juicy fly. "What would you like to drink?"

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Professor Umbridge


"Who said it was me who made it lousy?" snapped Ron.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


"Yes, these are bowtruckles and, as Miss Granger rightly says, they generally live in trees whose wood is of wand quality. Anybody know what they eat?"

"Wood lice," said Hermione promptly, which explained why what Harry had taken for grains of brown rice were moving.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


– what wouldn't he give to strike now, to jinx Dudley so thoroughly he'd have to crawl home like an insect, struck dumb, sprouting feelers –

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


.. spent hours at a time floating along after Umbridge and blowing loud raspberries every time she spoke.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
About Peeves


the Baselisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death. Spiders flee before the Baselisk, for it is their mortal enemy, and the Baselisk flees only from the crowing of the rooster, which is fatal to it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


… leaving a layer of general debris at the bottom – old quills, desiccated beetle eyes, single socks that no longer fitted.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling



Our head could do with filling
With some interesting stuff,
For now they’re bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


Hermione was pointing at the topmost pane, where around twenty spiders were scuttling, apparently fighting to get through a small crack in the glass. A long silvery thread was dangling like a rope, as though they had all climbed it in their hurry to get outside.

   “Have you ever seen spiders act like that?” said Hermione wonderingly.

   “No,” said Harry, “have you, Ron? Ron?”

He looked over his shoulder. Ron was standing well back, and seemed to be fighting the impulse to run.

   “What’s up?” said Harry.

   “I – don’t -like – spiders.” said Ron tensely.

   “I never knew that.” said Hermione, looking at Ron in surprise. “You’ve used spiders in potions loads of times …”

 “I don’t mind them dead,” said Ron, who was carefully looking anywhere but at the window, “I just don’t like the way they move …”

 Hermione giggled.

 “It’s not funny,” said Ron, fiercely. “If you must know, when I was three, Fred turned my – my teddy bear into a dirty great spider because I broke his toy broomstick.” …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


A fine film of dust covered the pictures on the walls and the bed’s headboard: a spider’s web stretched between the chandelier and the top of the the large wooden wardrobe and as Harry moved deeper into the room, he heard a scurrying of disturbed mice.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


A greasy-haired teenager sat alone in a dark bedroom, pointing his wand at the ceiling, shooting down flies.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


A large spider sat in the middle of a frosted web in the brambles.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


A monstrous spider the size of a small car was trying to climb through the huge hole in the wall: one of Aragog’s descendants had joined the fight.
   …
‘It brought friends!’ Harry called to the others,
   …
more giant spiders were climbing the side of the building, liberated from the Forbidden Forest into which the Death Eaters must have penetrated.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


A second later, Harry spotted something that made him hit Ron over the hand with his pruning shears.
   “Ouch! What’re you -“
   Harry was pointing at the ground a few feet away. Several large spiders were scurrying across the earth.
   …
Harry watched the spiders running away.
   “Looks like they’re heading for the Forbidden Forest … “

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


A thin woman, heavily draped in shawls and glittering with strings of beads, she always reminded Harry of some kind of insect, with her glasses hugely magnifying her eyes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
About Professor Trelawney


After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


And Harry, in spite of himself, took his eyes off the beetle and looked over the top of the reindeer's antlers, listening. … He had never heard Hagrid talk about his childhood before.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


And Viktor pulled a beetle out of my hair after we’d had our conversation by the lake.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Aragog clicked his pincers furiously, and all around the hollow the sound was echoed by the crowd of spiders; it was like applause, except applause didn't usually make Harry feel sick with fear.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


As evening drew in and moths began to swoop under the canopy, now lit with floating golden lanterns, the revelry became more and more uncontained.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


At once, the spider's legs bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


At the same moment, the heavy wooden front doors burst open, and more of the gigantic spiders forced their way into the Entrance Hall.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Aunt Petunia found a few mouldy blankets in the second room and made up a bed for Dudley on the moth-eaten sofa.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


Both fell backward, Neville's legs waving wildly like an overturned beetle's, Harry with his left arm held up in the air to try and save the small glass ball from being smashed.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


But Hagrid was miles away now, probably sitting in a cell in Azkaban, and he had also said to follow the spiders.
    …
So they followed the darting shadows of the spiders into the trees.
    …
More than once, they had to stop, so that Harry could crouch down and find the spiders in the wandlight.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


But he was not halfway to Hagrid when he saw it happen: Hagrid vanished amongst the spiders, and with great scurrying, a foul swarming movement, they retreated under the onslaught of spells, Hagrid buried in their midst.
    ‘HAGRID!’
Harry heard someone calling his own name, whether friend or foe he did not care: he was sprinting down the front steps into the dark grounds, and the spiders were swarming away with their prey, and he could see nothing of Hagrid at all.
    ‘HAGRID!’
He thought he could make out an enormous arm waving from the midst of the spider swarm, but as he made to chase after them, his way was impeded by a monumental foot, …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


By the glow of Harry’s wand, they followed the steady trickle of spiders moving along the path.
    …
Then, when the trees had become thicker than ever, so that the stars overhead were no longer visible, and Harry’s wand shone alone in the sea of dark, they saw their spider guides leaving the path.
    Harry paused, trying to see where the spiders where going, but everything outside his little sphere of light was pitch black.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Determined not to look at Snape, Harry resumed the mashing of his scarab beetles, imagining each one to have Snape's face.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Everything Harry had learned last year seemed to have leaked out of his head during the summer. he was supposed to be turning a beetle into a button, but all he managed to do was give his beetle a lot of exercise as it scuttle over the desk top avoiding his wand.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Everything was curved to fit the walls: the stove, the sink and the cupboards, and all of it had been painted with flowers, insects and birds in bright primary colours.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Fudge, fiddling with his bowler, waited for Hagrid to go ahead of him, but Hagrid stood his ground, took a deep breath and said carefully, “If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all they’d have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. That’d lead ’em right! That’s all I’m sayin’.”
    …
“An’ someone’ll need ter feed Fang while I’m away.”

Hagrid
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Fuming, Harry dragged his trunk back to the foot of his bed, then threw himself facedown upon the moth-eaten covers, his eyes shut, his body heavy and aching.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


Hagrid had been known to befriend giant spiders, buy vicious, three-headed dogs from men in pubs and sneak illegal dragon eggs into his cabin.

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling


Hagrid's hint about the spiders was far easier to understand – the trouble was, there didn't seem to be a single spider left in the castle to follow.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Hagrid's beetle-black eyes looked very anxious under his wild eyebrows.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Harry continued to pound his scarab beetles, even though he had already reduced them to a very fine powder

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Harry didn't want to press the subject, not with the spiders pressing closer on all sides. Aragog seemed to be tired of talking. he was backing slowly into his domed web, but his fellow spiders continued to inch slowly towards Harry and Ron.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry fell to the ground on all fours as the spider released him.
    …
Harry suddenly realised that the spider which had dropped him was saying something. It had been hard to tell, because he clicked his pincers with every word he spoke.
    “Aragog!” it called. “Aragog!”
And from the middle of the misty domed web, a spider the size of a small elephant emerged, very slowly.
    …
    “What is it?” he said, clicking his pincers rapidly.
    “Men,” clicked the spider who had caught Harry.
    “Is it Hagrid?” said Aragog, moving closer, his eight milky eyes wandering vaguely.
    “Strangers,” clicked the spider who had brought Ron.
    “Kill them, ” clicked Aragog fretfully. “I was sleeping …”
    …
Click, click, click went the pincers of the spiders all around the hollow.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry got to his feet, his breathing fast and shallow, his heart doing a kind of drum-roll against his ribs. He looked wildly up and down the deserted corridor and saw a line of spiders scuttling as fast as they could away from the bodies.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry had been spraying only a few seconds when a fully grown doxy came soaring out of a fold in the material, shiny beetlelike wings whirring, tiny needle-sharp teeth bared, its fairylike body covered with thick black hair and its four tiny fists clenched with fury.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


Harry looked around at the stacked shoes and umbrellas, remembering how he used to wake up every morning looking up at the underside of the staircase, which was more often than not adorned with a spider or two.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Harry realized at once that she was right: He could no sooner have picked the exit from the other doors than located an ant upon the jet-black floor.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


Harry spun around. Feet away, towering above him, was a solid wall of spiders, clicking, their many eyes gleaming in their ugly black heads …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry squinted around on the floodlit ground for signs of more spiders, but they had all scuttled away from the glare of the headlights.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry stared at the black inside of the Hat, waiting. Then a small voice said in his ear, “Bee in your bonnet, Harry Potter?”
   “Er, yes,” Harry muttered…

The sorting hat
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry summoned what remained of his courage.     "So you never – never attacked anyone?"
    "Never," croaked the old spider. "It would have been my instinct, but from respect of Hagrid, I never harmed a human…."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry tapped Ron on the shoulder, pointing at the grass. Two solitary spiders were hurrying away from the wandlight into the shade of the trees.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry tipped the powdered beetles into his cauldron and started cutting up his ginger roots.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Harry took out his wand, murmured, "Lumos!" and a tiny light appeared at the end of it, just enough to let them watch the path for signs of spiders.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry was again reminded forcibly of a large fly perched unwisely on top of an even larger toad.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
About Professor Umbridge


Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


He could hear an insect humming gently somewhere behind the curtain. His eyelids began to droop.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


He had emerged into a dingy alleyway that seemed to be made up entirely of shops devoted to the Dark Arts. The one he’d just left, Borgin and Burkes, looked like the largest, but opposite was a nasty window display of shrunken heads, and two doors down, a large cage was alive with gigantic black spiders.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


He managed to make a fly zoom straight into his hand, though he wasn't entirely sure that was his prowess at Summoning Charms – perhaps the fly was just stupid.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


He never knew how long he was in the creature’s clutches; he only new that the darkness suddenly lifted enough for him to see that the leaf-strewn ground was now swarming with spiders.
    …
Spiders. Not tiny spiders like those surging over the leaves below. Spiders the size of carthorses, eight-eyed, eight-legged, black, hairy, gigantic.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


He set it down and returned to the hall, and as he did so, he felt his scar pulse angrily, and there flashed across his mind, swift as the reflection of a dragonfly over water, the outline of a building he knew extremely well.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


He was like a fly to her, a fly she was longing to swat; her tail thrashed again, but he was too high to reach n ow… She shot fire into the air, which he dodged. …Her jaws opened wide.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
Harry is trying to escape from the dragon


He was starting to feel nervous, but he knew his butterflies were as nothing to Ron's, who was clutching his stomach and staring straight ahead again, his jaw set and his complexion pale gray.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Harry is nervous before starting a game of Quidditch


He's a boisterous little boy, but he wouldn't hurt a fly!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Hermione took the glass jar back from Ron and smiled at the beetle, which buzzed angrily against the glass.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


His cloud of white hair made him look rather like an aged dandelion clock, and was topped by a moth-eaten fez.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


His hands were like large, pale spiders; his long white fingers caressed his own chest, his arms, his face; the red eyes, whose pupils were slits, like a cat's, gleamed still more brightly through the darkness.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
About Voldemort


His voice cracked with the strain, and they stood looking at each other in the whiteness and the emptiness, and Harry felt they were insignificant as insects beneath the wide sky.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.

Malfoy
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


I didn't think there was anything in the universe more important than homework.

Ron
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


If only he knew how to do the Cruciatus Curse … he'd have Snape flat on his back like that spider, jerking and twitching.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

Sirius Black
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


In spidery writing was written a date of some sixteen years previously, and below that:

S.P.T. to A.P.W.B.D.
Dark Lord
and (?) Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


In the falling darkness Harry saw small collections of lights as they passed over more villages, then a winding road on which a single car was beetling its way home through the hills.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


Inside were a few twigs and leaves and one large, fat beetle.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Instantaneously the spider rolled over onto its back, unmarked, but unmistakably dead.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Instead he tried to interest himself in a beetle crawling along the stone reindeer's back, but the beetle just wasn't interesting enough to block out Hagrid's next words.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


Moody did not remove his wand, and the spider started to shudder and jerk more violently

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody got heavily to his mismatched feet, opened his desk drawer, and took out a glass jar. Three large black spiders were scuttling around inside it. Harry felt Ron recoil slightly next to him – Ron hated spiders.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody jerked his wand, and the spider rose onto two of its hind legs and went into what was unmistakably a tap dance.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody picked up the somersaulting spider and threw it back into the jar.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody raised his wand again, pointed it at the spider, and muttered, "Crucio!"

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody raised his wand. The spider's legs relaxed, but it continued to twitch. "Reducio," Moody muttered, and the spider shrank back to its proper size. He put it back into the jar.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody reached into the jar, caught one of the spiders, and held it in the palm of his hand so that they could all see it. He then pointed his wand at it and muttered, "Imperio!"

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody swept the dead spider off the desk onto the floor. "Not nice," he said calmly.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


More loud clicking, more rustling; the spiders seemed to be closing in.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Moth

The odour of old age, of dust, of unwashed clothes and stale food intensified as she unwound a moth-eaten, black shawl, revealing a head of scant white hair through which the scalp showed clearly.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Mr. Weasley's car was thundering down the slope, headlamps glaring, its horn screeching. knocking spiders aside; several were thrown on their backs, their endless legs waving in the air.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Pansy Parkinson gave a shriek of laughter that turned almost at once into a scream, as the twigs on the table leapt into the air and revealed themselves to be what looked like tiny pixieish creatures made of wood, each with knobbly brown arms and legs, two twiglike fingers at the end of each hand, and a funny, flat, barklike face in which a pair of beetle-brown eyes glittered.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
A description of 'Bowtruckles'


Round-shouldered yet angular, he walked in a twitchy manner that recalled a spider, his oily hair swinging about his face.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
About Snape


Smiling serenely, Hermione placed the beetle back inside her schoolbag.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


So that was how his parents had died … exactly like that spider.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


The firelight made the grimy lenses of Aberforth’s glasses momentarily opaque, a bright, flat white, and Harry remembered the blind eyes of the giant spider, Aragog.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


The night wet and windy, two children dressed as pumpkins waddling across the square, and the shop windows covered in paper spiders, all the tawdry Muggle trappings of a world in which they did not believe. …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


The spider leapt from Moody's hand on a fine thread of silk and began to swing backward and forward as though on a trapeze.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


The spider swelled. It was now larger than a tarantula.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


The spider-like hand swooped and pulled the wand from Dumbledore’s grasp, and as he took it, a shower of sparks flew from its tip, sparkling over the corpse of its last owner, ready to serve a new master at last.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


The truth. … It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


There are rumours about a new Muggle Protection Act – no doubt that flea-bitten, Muggle-loving fool Arthur Weasley is behind it –

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


There was a beetle on the statue the night we heard Hagrid telling Madame Maxime about his mum!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


These are of no more significance than the scurryings of ants to the wide universe, and are unaffected by planetary movements.

Firenze
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


They could see the tops of buildings, streams of headlights like luminous insect eyes, squares of pale yellow that were windows.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


They moved from the drawing room to a dining room on the ground floor where they found spiders large as saucers lurking in the dresser

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


They were long-fingered and white as though they had not seen sunlight for years and looked like large, pale spiders against the dark velvet of the chair.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Harry's hands in a dream


Thinking that he should probably wait for Filch to come back, Harry sank into a moth-eaten chair next to the desk.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


This lot keep gabbling in Gobbledegook … and I only know one word of Gobbledegook. Bladvak. It means 'pickax.' I don’t like to use it in case they think I’m threatening them.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Twenty cauldrons stood steaming between the wooden desks, on which stood brass scales and jars of ingredients. Snape prowled through the fumes, making waspish remarks about the Gryffindors’ work while the Slytherins sniggered appreciatively.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Two fat tears leaked out of Hagrid's beetle-black eyes and fell slowly into his tangled beard.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Underage wizards weren’t allowed to use magic outside school. Harry hadn’t told the Dursleys this; he knew it was only their terror that he might turn them all into dung beetles that stopped them locking him in the cupboard under the stairs with his wand and broomstick.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Well, you're the one who's supposed to be researching magical methods of bugging!

Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


When he had made tea and offered around a plate of doughy cookies, he leaned back in his chair and surveyed Harry closely through his beetle-black eyes.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


When she saw Harry, her prominent eyes seemed to bulge excitedly and she made a beeline straight for him.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


With a tiny jerk of the head, Snape seemed to flick off an irksome fly.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young …

Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


Harry stared fixedly at the first question. It was several seconds before it occurred to him that he had not taken in a word of it; there was a wasp buzzing distractingly against one of the high windows. Slowly, tortuously, he began to write an answer.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
During an examination


“That’s her,” he said, pointing at Luna, who was still dancing alone, waving her arms around her head like someone attempting to beat off midges.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling